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# Optical network

Our project requires to observe each meteor from multiple locations so as to achieve triangulation to accurately determine its orbit and the strewn field. As the phenomenon occurs at 100 km altitude it is necessary to have a network spacing of 100 km, so about one hundred observatories to cover France. Peter Brown [1] showed that a dense network of fisheye cameras (see Figure) observing the whole sky is sufficient for a kilometer accuracy for the calculation of the impact ellipse. This precision is fundamental to have a significant chance of finding meteorites.
Real-time images from the already installed cameras are available via the map below

Camera FRIPON at Pic du Midi Observatory (jan 2015)